Monday, October 16, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Playing catch-up again, no new arrivals in my mailbox. How was your mailbox?

Reading: Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

While reading I came across these two words.

Conchie- is a conscientious objector.

Kestrel- is a name given to several different members of the falcon genus. These birds are distinguished by their hunting behavior.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty to read. How about yours?

Reading:  Christmas Of  Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jerome Charyn - Winter Warning - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Reflecting our own world like a volatile funhouse mirror, Winter Warning lures us back to the 1980s, an era that could have been ripped right out of our most recent political upheaval. Isaac Sidel should have been vice president, banished to some far corner of the West Wing, but the president-elect has been forced to resign or face indictment for his crooked land deals—and Sidel becomes the accidental president. He’s a maverick, a crusader with a Glock in his belt, who defies both the Republicans and the Democrats. He seems haunted by Lincoln’s ghost, and the presidential palace becomes his own “great white jail,” as it did for Harry Truman. There’s never been another president quite like Isaac Sidel, New York’s former police commissioner and mayor. There’s a secret lottery created by some bankers in Basel to determine the exact date of Sidel’s death. And Sidel has to outrun this lottery in order to save himself. His greatest allies are not the Secret Service or the DNC, but a former Israeli prime minister who was a explosives operative during the British occupation of Palestine . . . as well as a mysterious billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers and counterfeiters. His only companions in the capital are the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer who realizes that something has gone amuck at Camp David, when a band of mercenaries arrive with their sights trained on Sidel.




My Review

Isaac Sidel has become the president of the United States due to the resignation of the president-elect. And now he faces death by a billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers, placing him in a very threatening situation.

The story lures us back to the 1980s and sadly it seems like it's the same today as it was then. But I have to say Charyn creates an exciting read that will keep you riveted to the page.

***

Winter Warning can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound
iTunes
Biblio

Prices/Formats: $25.95 ebook, $25.95 paperback
Genre: Political, Espionage, Thriller
Pages: 256
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681773483
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About the Author

Jerome Charyn published his first novel in 1964. He's the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, and Ellery Queen. Charyn's popular crime novels featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel inspired a new animated drama series: Hard Apple debuts on the small screen in 2017, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. Charyn lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

Links to connect with Jerome:
Web Site
Facebook (author)
Twitter (author)
Facebook (Isaac Sidel)
Twitter (Isaac Sidel)
Goodreads

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here is my word for today.

Ailukophile- is a cat lover.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two books in my mailbox last week:

The Last Christmas In Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Jenny Colgan

Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Courtesy of Wm Morrow

How was your mailbox?

Finished reading Sons and Soldiers


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from odd words.

Aegis- protection; support.

Almuce- cloth a furhood.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, waiting for some to arrive and playing catchup. How about you?

Still reading; Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is :

Dirge- A lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A. Keith Carreiro - The Penitent: Part II - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hidden in the bottom of a roadside ditch as a baby, Evangel is only steps away from her viciously murdered parents. An old hermit finds her there a day later and takes her to his home in the heart of a sylvan wilderness. She is raised in a hermitage built by Matthew where he learns she is touched by a rare spiritual power. 17 years later a series of miracles occur that rock the very nature of her reality. Befriended by outlaws and a king’s champion, she is also betrayed by a woman of the cloth during a bard of the realm’s performance. That night, in a dream, Evangel envisions her future soul mate, Pall Warren, on a battlefield of death, and casts a prayer of protection around him. Thus begins a remarkable journey to save herself and those who believe in her. A hauntingly beautiful and startling tale of wonder.




My Review

Evangel was left in a ditch after her parents were murdered. They only wanted to save her life. Luckily, she is found and raised by an old hermit named Matthew, who loves her very much.

Touched by a rare spiritual power, the girl is special. The miracles she performs and the struggles against her enemies ultimately come together in a battle of good versus evil.

The story brings the reader into a beautiful tale of wonder. You truly are mesmerized by this girl and what she has to face. It's a very good read.

***

The Penitent: Part II can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 274
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Copper Beech Press
ISBN: 9780997382716
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***

About the Author

A. Keith Carreiro earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with the sequential help and guidance of three advisors, Dr. Vernon A. Howard, Dr. Donald Oliver and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Israel Scheffler. Keith’s academic focus, including his ongoing research agenda, centers upon philosophically examining how creativity and critical thinking are acquired, learned, utilized and practiced in the performing arts. He has taken his findings and applied them to the professional development of educational practitioners.

Earlier in his teaching career he was a professor of educational foundations, teaching graduate students of education at universities in Vermont, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of English at Bridgewater State University, as well as teaching English, philosophy, humanities and public speaking courses at Bristol Community College.

He lives in Swansea, Massachusetts. He has six children and 13 grandchildren. He belongs to an eighty–five–pound golden retriever, an eight–pound Maltese, and an impish Calico cat.

Due to his love of family, he has seen his fervor for history, as well as his passion for wondering about the future, deepen dramatically.

Starting on May 23rd until October 9th of 2014, he sat down at his computer on a daily basis and began writing the first book of a science fiction/fantasy thriller in a beginning series about the quest for human immortality.

Links to connect with A. Keith:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are taken from Hard Words.

Arcane- requiring secret or mysteriou knowledge.

Anachromistic- chronologically misplaced.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week. How was yours?

Reading Sons And Daughters by Bruce Henderson.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

R. Franklin James - The Bell Tolls - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment, received a pardon and persevered to finally become a probate attorney. Tough as she is, her newest case will further test her mettle. She discovers her client, Matthias Bell, is a deceased blackmailer whose last wish was to return the damaging documents he collected, letting his victims off the hook. It falls to Hollis to give them the good news. But it’s revealed that Bell was murdered, and the victims of “Bell’s tolls” are now suspects.

Hollis’ white-collar criminal past has left her with keen survival instincts. A gifted liar she knows a liar when she meets one. A lot of people in this case are lying and one is a killer.

On top of that, she’s also representing a dying stripper, a wealthy widow whose estranged daughter spurns her attempts at reconciliation, but whose husband sees the potential inheritance as mending all wounds particularly financial ones.

Clients aside, Hollis is defensive and wary. Her mother, who hasn’t spoken to her for years, needs a kidney, and Hollis is a match, but neither are ready to put away the past. With Hollis’ fiancĂ© and emotional support off on an undercover mission for Homeland Security, she must count on her own survival instincts. She is swept along on an emotional roller coaster as her absent love and her family’s coldness take their own toll.

Work is her salvation. The specter of a killer keeps her focused. Hollis has always had to rely on her wits, but now she finds that others who don’t have her well-being in mind are relying on them as well.



My Review

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment and has gone on to become a successful probate attorney.

But that's not the half of it.

Hollis is the type of woman who always has a lot on her plate. And right now, she's smack dab in the middle of delivering some pretty damaging documents for her deceased blackmailer of a client, while feeling the familial pressure of becoming a kidney donor for her estranged mother.

Her work is her only salvation at the moment since so many people are depending on her. But luckily she's honed her survival instincts while in prison and based on her past experiences she knows she can get through anything.

Mystery fans, I think you should give this one a try. I have a feeling you'll like it.

***

The Bell Tolls can be purchased at:
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iTunes
Kobo
Overdrive

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Sleuth, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 239
Release: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812177
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***

About the Author

R. Franklin James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. From there she cultivated a different type of writing—legislation and public policy. After serving as Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, under millionaire Richard Riordan, she went back to her first love—writing, and in 2013 her debut novel, The Fallen Angels Book Club was published by Camel Press. Her second book in The Hollis Morgan Mystery Series, Sticks & Stones, was followed by The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club, and The Trade List. The Bell Tolls, book five was released in June 2017.

R. Franklin James lives in Northern California with her husband.

Links to connect with R. Franklin James:
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Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Ebullient- cheerful and full of energy.

Propitious- giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.

Taken from two of the books I've read.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday




Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book: The Daughters Of Ireland By Santa Montefiore.

Secateurs- are a type of scissors for use on plants.

Insouciant- showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.